March 01, 2010

Cuthbert Becomes A Legend, Too

In 1972 Foster Hewitt exclaimed "Henderson has scored for Canada!"

In 1987 it was Dan Kelly with his unforgettable "Lemieux ahead to Gretzky. Has Murphy with him on a two-on-one. To Lemieux - in on goal - he shoots, he scores! Mario Lemieux!"

In 2010 it was Chris Cuthbert who provided the legendary call for an immortalizing play, with the entire country watching:

"Crosby scores! The golden goal! And Canada has won a once-in-a-lifetime Olympic gold!"

Later he added, "These golden games have their crowning moment!"

Chris Cuthbert has always been one of my favorite hockey announcers. I couldn't be more happy for him to have had this moment.

Cuthbert is sort of hockey's Conan O'Brien. He's brilliant at what he does, but he's always second fiddle. Despite being the heir apparent as the lead announcer, he was inexplicably fired by Hockey Night in Canada back in 2005. He came to TSN, but he lined up behind Gord Miller, who was firmly implanted as the lead play-by-play man.

Knowing that CTV and TSN had the contract for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Cuthbert was shrewd enough to leverage his stature to ensure that come the gold medal game, he would not be the left out. He had it put into his contract that he would call that game.

What a classic game to call. What a way to seize the moment. It was a perfect call, Mr. Cuthbert. Thank you.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agreed re Mr. Cuthbert and his play-by-play calling. He should be considered next Bob Cole if not right now. But I loved his ending call at end of Can 7-Russ 3 game. "It's been 50 yrs since a Canadian team has beaten the Russians at an Olympic tournament. How are you liken it nowwwwwww."
Goosebumps. Thank you Mr. Cuthbert.
If is okay, one more comment. If Mr. McGuire is not considered the most revolutioning, if not the best, colour comentator then I don't know who is. How about again with Can going up 3-0 on the Russians: "Coach Bykov has to do something and do it right now or this team is going to get lit up." It was not bravado on Mr. McGuire's part. He cares and he was worried for the Russian NHL goalie, the players, the team. Both of these gentlemen, Cutherbert and McGuire are big, big league play callers and analysts who work great together as well !!!

Anonymous said...

I was watching from Japan so didn't get the Canadian audio. When I went back to hear the original audio I was actually disappointed. I know it happened fast but the call seemed to be after the fact. There was no set-up. Maybe it was just bad editing on the version I heard. Was there more exciting play leading up to it? I only heard the play from when Iginla had it in the corner.
Anyhow, Dan Kelly will go down in my mind as calling the most exciting goal of all time.

DavidCat said...

I think Chris Cuthbert calls a great game, however, his squeaky voice is just too annoying to listen too.

Bob Cole's 2002 play-by-play in Salt Lake City was much better!

I actually listened to NBC's Mike "Doc" Emrick call the game. He did an awesome job, much better than CC.

DavidCat said...

I think Chris Cuthbert calls a great game, however, his squeaky voice is just too annoying to listen too.

Bob Cole's 2002 play-by-play in Salt Lake City was much better!

I actually listened to NBC's Mike "Doc" Emrick call the game. He did an awesome job, much better than CC.